Students at the GGC 2016 education abroad returnee symposium.

2017 Heiskell Award Honorable Mention: Internationalizing the Campus

Georgia Gwinnett College

Internationalization of the Curriculum: Engaging the World to Develop Global Citizens

Photo Caption: Students at the GCC 2016 education abroad returnee symposium

Nomination submitted by: Dr. Funwi Ayuninjam, Director of Internationalization

Program Overview
Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) is an access institution with more than 90 percent of students qualifying for federal financial aid, and as such, it strives to create global opportunities on campus and affordable, shorter-term study abroad programs to less traditional destinations in South and Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe. Named the most ethnically diverse Southern regional college by U.S. News and World Report, the 12-year-old institution has undertaken an aggressive, five-year, Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) to enhance student learning and the student learning environment to cultivate global citizenship by internationalizing the core curriculum, majors and electives. The QEP also introduced an elective Global Studies Certification including foreign languages, study abroad and a Global Studies Capstone course. The QEP strengthens and supports the college’s other efforts to provide affordable, interdisciplinary, faculty-led, study abroad programs and intercultural campus activities.

Program Implementation:

Read the winning nomination, including details on how the program achieves its objectives

2017 Awards Presentation

IIE will present the annual IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards for Best Practices in Internationalization at a ceremony in Miami, Florida on March 14, 2017, as part of the Annual Best Practices in Internationalization Conference.

Selection Panel Members 2017

The members of the selection panel for this year’s awards include the following leaders in international education:

Peggy Blumenthal
Senior Counselor to the President, IIE

Gretchen Cook-Anderson
Diversity Consultant, On behalf of IES Abroad

Arlene Jackson
Associate Vice President of Global Initiatives, American Association of State Colleges & Universities (AASCU)

Anne Waters
Senior Advisor/Special Projects, Columbia University

Brian Whalen
President and CEO, The Forum on Education Abroad